This one is for my favourite place to chill - Kasauli
Many a people have asked why I chose Kasauli for my new release 'Jugnu'.
While I needed a hill-station near Delhi for the setting but I didn't want a place which was well known and commercially thriving. There had to be a certain a romanticism associated with the place with small town mentality thrown into the culture.
Second consideration was that I should have visited the place. It is far easier to write when you have personally experienced the habitat, ambience and general mood of the place.
I had been to Kasauli and Lansdowne long time back, while both the locales are cantonment town and suited the story but Kasauli was more picturesque and happening as compared to Lansdowne. Kasauli had a colonial old world charm along with simplicity of routine.
Kasauli is located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The cantonment was established by the British Raj in 1842 as a Colonial hill station. The Br…
Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. — Mark Twain
I laugh a lot--sometimes on silliest things, but have found myself lacking when I am on the other side of the... umm... joke/humour. Sometimes they fall flat and sometimes I don't get the timing right. I have always been in awe of people who can come up with a pun with a click of the fingers.
In an effort to unravel the mysteries of finding the funny bones and tickling them, I invite Suresh Chandrasekaran, author of 'A Dog Eat Dog-food World' to shed some light on the subject and enlighten us to the nuances of humour with written words.
Over to Suresh Chandrasekaran
The first requirement to be able to write humour is…a sense of humour! Everyone has it, except
when it comes to jokes on themselves? Not really or, at least, not to the extent that is necessary to write humour.
Everyone understands and laughs at common jokes. Jokes are normally based on stereotypes – of people or events. A joke is easy to laugh at…
I have always been in awe of people who are able to come up with fabulous, eye-catching tag-lines and images for a product or to be precise for their books. People like you and me who are able to think unique ideas and put in relentless efforts to showcase their work in best possible ways to their end customers. In other words market their works to the consumers, a field which is increasingly becoming the most crucial in current scenario.
Sundari is a novelist, and a role model in taking her 'works of art' to the masses. She has recently released her new book ‘The Madras Affair’ published by Readomania which is her fifth published book. I hope all the authors would find something to takeaway from the pearls of wisdom.
On to Sundari...
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly” - Unknown
I read the above sentence in Mumbai Mirror. I know the first half applies to me, so I know tha…
I want to share a wonderful news with everyone. My short story won at the Write India campaign being run by Times Of India. All the short stories would be published in an anthology after the contest is over in 2016.
This unique competition is organized by the Times Of India group. Every month a renowned author gives a prompt for the story along with some rules. The results are announced in 45 days time after the last date of submission.
The prompt given by author Amish Tripathi in July was fabulous in terms of research involved and depth of the idea.
It was great to see my name on the top ten list short listed by TOI editors. The next stage involved the concerned author selecting the top three winners. The patience-demanding six hours wait for the announcement of the winners was nail-biting.
I was reasonably confident about my story would be amongst the top ten, but wasn't that confident (or arrogant) that it would make it to the winners list. But it did!
This post was written for 'Lessons Learned from Indians', a unique initiative by Krish Murali Eswar. Their motto is to 'Share Your Lessons Learned in Life with the World so that Others Learn from Your Life'.
Corporates run innumerable leadership and team management programs, but I am not sure the source from which MS Dhoni draws his lessons on Team Management! I wonder, whether BCCI sends him to those ‘Leadership Programs’ or asks him to read Harvard Business Review or articles by Guy Kawasaki. Or is it just his innate understanding of human nature that makes him one of the best leaders around.
Why do we look upto any other person? There has to be some qualities which set that person apart from others.